iPhone Retrospective: A Look at Past iPhone Models


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The latest iPhone model has been announced. It looks…well, like an iPhone 4. All the true upgrades were under the hood. The device has changed over the years, and Apple has a knack for creating devices that are made in such as way that the new model always makes your current one suddenly feel ancient, whether it’s some cosmetic redesigns, or some new features. It changes just enough each time to make you want the new device.

Let’s take a look at the iPhone over the years.



1) iPhone (2007)


This was announced in January 2007 and released that summer. By today’s standards it’s slow and it looks clunky, but for the time it was a beautiful design. It felt slim and elegant. The craziest feature? No physical keyboard and minimal buttons. It seemed odd at first, but users soon grew accustomed to the idea, and now it’s not uncommon to use a smartphone with no keyboard.



2) iPhone 3G (2008)

iPhone 3G


The iPhone 3G was the first iPhone to begin using AT&T’s 3G network. It was a bit late to the party, but it was still a great phone for its time. The new design made it appear much slimmer than its predecessor, and it now had the one-color plastic back.



3) iPhone 3GS (2009)

iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS was a minor upgrade as far as looks went. The only real difference that some may notice if looking side-by-side is that the iPhone 3GS seems to have a bit more of a curved back. However, it was a great improvement in speed over the previous model and the higher-resolution camera, LED flash and ability to record video blew the previous model out of the water.



4) iPhone 4 (2010)

iPhone 4 - multiple views

This was the biggest change to the iPhone design yet. No longer a curved back, the ability to record 720p HD video and more. The design was much cleaner and had a bit of an industrial-edge to it. Some problems did plague it early on, but it still ended up being a desirable piece of hardware.



5) iPhone 4S (2011)

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S doesn’t look like anything new. However, it packs a dual-core A5 chip, an 8MP camera and better optics. Then there is Siri, which only works with the iPhone 4S. Great voice command power if the press event was anything to go by. Like the iPhone 3GS, it’s not much of a change as far as design goes. However, if the specs they’ve announced are anything like they say, it’s a big step over the iPhone 4 as far as that goes.

What’s Next?

Will the iPhone get a major overhaul next time around? Maybe. That’s when we will hear “This iPhone 6 is what the iPhone 4S should have been,” or something along those lines. Oh well, no skin off my back. I have an iPhone 4 that still runs like a champ. I will wait until the next iPhone for my upgrade.

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